Universal restarts ‘Twister’ with Joseph Kosinski looking to direct – Variety

Universal Pictures is looking to restart the classic “Twister” tent pole, and seems to have found a director to weather the storm.

The sources count Variety Universal Pictures is developing a reboot of the 1996 box office hit and is in negotiations with “Top Gun: Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski to direct.

Frank Marshall will produce the photo, and the studio is currently meeting with writers to write the script.

The plot details are vague in this latest version, but the original movie starred Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, who play storm chasers and a couple on the brink of divorce. They team up to chase tornadoes to deliver their advanced weather alert system to be placed in the Twister’s path.

The film was not only a massive success, with $ 494 million at the worldwide box office, but was also applauded for its groundbreaking special effects. “Speed” director Jan De Boot was in charge, executive Steven Spielberg produced and, in a rare case, author Michael Crichton wrote the script.

Senior Vice President of Production Sara Scott will oversee Universal.

Kosinski is no stranger to taking on big-budget projects, beginning with his directorial debut in “Tron: Legacy.” The film scored at the box office and led Kosinski to get Universal’s directing job “Oblivion”, which also resulted in his strong ties to Tom Cruise, who starred in the film.

Cruise would eventually turn to Kosinski to direct the highly anticipated “Top Gun” sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.” The movie stars Cruise, Miles Teller and Glen Powell and is tilting this December.

Kosinski is represented by CAA.